Victoria Stilwell Academy’s mission is to:
Provide people with the highest quality of learning in the dog training profession while promoting positive training as the standard.
Facilitate human/pet relationships that are based on mutual trust and understanding while encouraging ongoing advancement through collaboration and learning.
Equip trainers with the know-how to develop a thriving positive dog training business while creating generations of the highest quality positive dog trainers.
Our Educational Philosophy
- Train dogs using positive reinforcement
- Communicate effectively with people
- Create and manage a successful and profitable business
The Academy’s goal is to be the definitive leader in dog trainer education, promoting positive healthy relationships between pets and their people while empowering you with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to create a thriving and successful revenue-producing career to help shape the future of dog training… positively.
Why Positive Training?
‘Positive Training’ is not a scientific term.
It’s what Victoria calls a combination of philosophies, methods, and understandings which collectively define a progressive, science-based approach to dog training.
There’s a great deal of ambiguity and misunderstanding regarding positive training, which results in confusion among pet owners, training professionals and the general public.
The 4 pillars of Positive Training:
- Use Positive Reinforcement
- Avoid use of intimidation, physical punishment and fear
- Understand misconceptions about dominance theory
- Learn about the canine experience from the dog’s POV
THE JOURNEY to the VICTORIA STILWELL ACADEMY
In 2010, we created Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training (VSPDT), creating a global network of professional dog trainers that are dedicated to positive reinforcement based training and teaching. This network of VSPDT trainers enabled us to help more pet owners and their dogs, on a global level, than ever before. The forward momentum continued!
Due to the exposure and success of the VSPDT program we started receiving inquiries from people who aspired to become professional dog trainers, so we started planning the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior, or VSA for short. We spent the next two years meeting with experts on training, teaching, and business, gathered information and ideas so that we could produce a comprehensive educational program, one that includes all the aspects a dog trainer needs to know to have a successful positive dog training business.
Our flagship Dog Trainer Course was formed to provide aspiring dog trainers with the education and hands-on experience to get out there and make a difference in the lives of dogs and people and strengthen our mission of spreading the benefits of positive training.